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National New
Black Panther

Chair Dr. Malik

Shabazz Speaks
to the State of the
Black Community
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School May Be

Out But Your
Questions Are In!
Check Out DCSB's
Marsha Oliver in
Page 7

Cong. Jefferson

Takes Leave

of Absence as

He May Face

Life on Federal

Fraud Indictment
Page 5

SNAACP to Honor Congressman

Conyers With 92nd Spingarn Medal
The NAACP Board of Directors has named
U. S. Rep. John Conyers Jr.(D-Mich.) as the
92nd recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the
NAACP's highest honor. Con. ers, chair of the
U. S. House Judiciary Committee, will receive
the award during the 98th NAACP National
Convention in Detroit on July 12.
Conyers, who has been reelected 20 times,
totaling 40 years, is the longest serving mem-
ber of Congress. He is one of the 13 founding
members of the Congressional Black Caucus,
and is nicknamed "the dean" of the 39-year-old CBC.
His legislative career is specifically known for his fight for reparations
for enslavement of African-Americans and against police profiling.
His Judiciary Committee work involves advancing civil liberties, ensur-
ing equal protection and access to voting and combating violence against
The Spingarn Award, first presented in 1915 by NAACP Chairman Joel
E. Spingarn, is designed to highlight distinguished merit and achieve-
ment among African-Americans.

Landmark Internship Program

Brings Diversity to Wall Street Firms
A ground-breaking new program is designed to place outstanding
African- American students in intern positions at some of the nation's
premierfinancial services firms this summer and beyond, according to an
announcement from the NAACP.
The Gateway to Leadership program officially launched this week aim-
ing to prepare students, who are largely from historically Black colleges
and universities for leadership roles in the financial services industry and
their communities.
Securities Industry Association's 2005 Report on Diversity, Strategy,
Development and Demographics, reports that only 2 percent of the retail
brokers and 3 percent of the sales force in securities firms are African-
American. And a mere three African Americans hold top positions in
Fortune 100 companies today, the NAACP reports.
"A distinguishing feature of the Gateway program is the Money
Management Institutes (one of the supporting partners) support of a net-
working infrastructure to enable the student interns to communicate
among themselves throughout their careers," said MMI President
Christopher L. Davis in a statement. "We'll networking services to
improve the communication and collaboration of students, mentors and
the companies supporting the program so they can stay connected to the
Gateway community for as long into their careers as they wish."

Church'S Homage to Black Music

in Black Face Causes Controversy
The White church members at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Gaston, S.C.,
say they donned some overalls, painted their
faces black and lip-synched to gospel music
to honor Black music. "It was in no way
making fun," said the Rev. Thomas
Holbrooks Jr., pastor at the church. "Lord
knows we love the old spirituals they sing.
That's why they did it." Stephen York, who
participated in the skit, said he's not a racist
and was not perpetuating stereotypes, as
some White actors do. "I have some real
good Black friends," he told The Associated
Press. But local Black leaders said Pilgrim
Baptist has a strange way of honoring Black music. "I have no problem
with anyone that wants to sing Black music, but to pretend that you're a
Black person ... seems to be more of a mockery than a celebration," said
David Moore, president of the Gaston County Organization for
Community Concerns. "It's misguided at this time in our culture, in our
Nigeria Sues Pfizer Claiming

Use of Children as Guinea Pigs
Nigeria filed a lawsuit Monday for seven billion dollars in damages
from Pfizer over a drug test in which about 200 children were either
killed or deformed, court officials said.
The federal government suit says the children suffered various degrees
of adverse effects ranging from deafness to muteness, paralysis, brain
damage, loss of sight, slurred speech, while 11 died.
The federal action follows a similar suit filed last month by Kano,
Nigeria's largest state, which is seeking 2.75 billion dollars from the
pharmaceutical giant.
Both lawsuits centre around the events of April 1996, when the
World Health Organization (WHO) and Pfizer volunteered to help in
Kano following an outbreak of measles, cholera and meningitis that
killed more than 3,000 people.
The Kano state suit alleges that Pfizer administered an untested drug
called Trovan Floxacin without authorization on almost 200 children
infected with meningitis in the state.
The federal lawsuit echoes those charges.
"In the midst of the epidemic, Pfizer devised a scheme under which it
misrepresented and failed to disclose its primary motive in seeking to
participate in giving care to the victims of the epidemic," it alleges.

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Minority Concerns Have Yet to be an Issue to Presidential Candidates

The war in Iraq and the issue of
immigration took center stage dur-
ing the second 2008 presidential
debate in New Hampshire Sunday
These are issues that African-
Americans care about, political

Miss Black USA
Crowned in Africa


Kalilah Alien-Harris
Miss Black USA
by Crockett Ntonga
To the undiscerning eye it looks
like just another beauty pageant-
beautiful young women wearing
sashes proclaiming states from
Miss Black Alaska to Miss Black
U.S. Virgin Island to Miss Black
Tennessee, who won the crown -
36 women in all. Cont. on page 5

observers say, but, what about the
low quality education in city
schools, the violent crime rates that
are up for the second year in a row,
the unemployment rate among
African-Americans that consistent-
ly doubles that of Whites and the

mandatory minimum sentences that
keeps Blacks crowding prisons
across the nation?
Though African-Americans are
adamantly against the war and
immigration is on America's front
burner, political observers say

Democratic candidates have yet to
tackle the bread and butter domestic
issues that desperately relate to
Black people.
"With the Democrat Party, when
the candidates get to the issues, they
Continued on page 3

Brandon Corbitt, Kristen Booker, Hilary Standifer, Advisor Sandra Thompson, Ammee Smith, Malerie
Redmond, and Cody Floyd.
BRATS Celebrate One Year of Service to the Community

The Gamma Rho Omega
B.R.A.T.S. celebrated their 1 year
anniversary last week celebrating a
year of service to the Jacksonville
community. The organization
whose name is the acronym for bril-
liant, responsible, alert, talented,
scholars, also added two more
youths to their close knit ranks.
One of the charter members

Evelynne Dixon graduated from
High School this year, and will be
off to college in the fall.
During the first year the BRATS,
under the guidance of Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, has logged over
1200 community service hours,
from counseling at- risk teens, help-
ing with the blind, collecting dona-
tions for the homeless shelter and

assisting Jaguars Player Ernest
Wilford with a Easter egg hunt, to
getting all dressed up to be Host
and Hostess at the Ebony Fashion
Show and food drives.
The industrious teens also raise
funds through bake sales and Free
Press subscriptions for the various
causes they support.

Jax Sailors Celebrate

Annual Fleet Week in NYC


Jacksonville sailors Christopher Coleman, Michael Whitehurst and
Kevon Kerr at Fleet Week.
For the fifth consecutive year, sailors and marines in New York City for
Fleet Week got the ultimate "Big Apple" greeting when they were pho-
tographed in groups, with their images simultaneously projected on the
News Astrovision by Panasonic Video Screen. The giant video screen is
located in the heart of Times Square, on the building where the famed New
Year's Eve Ball drops.
This annual Fleet Week event, held on Times Squares' Military Island, is
a collaborative effort of Fleet Week, the USO of Metropolitan New York,
the United States Navy and Panasonic.

Warren Jones Resumes Former Office
Former District 9 City Councilman Warren Jones, who presided over the
district throughout the 80s and much of the 90s, resumed his former office
this week, following the the two term reign of Reggie Fullwood. Jones
along with his counterpart Denise Lee (who was also re-elected) was
forced out due to term limits, he is shown above being sworn in by Judge
James Ruth as his wife Vanessa holds the Bible.

Pampering Stylist Treats Clients to Cruise
Stylist Sharon Porter Thompson took the term "customer service" to a
whole new level recently when she recently treated several of her clients
on a Caribbean Cruise. Shown above before boarding the Enchantment of
the Seas are Alicia Montford, Tanzy James, hostess Sharon Porter
Thompson, Tara Frederick and Syleste Porter. The Port of Call for the
"Ladies Only" trip included Key West and Cozumel.

I am Upset
Americans are
"' Not Upset
~.S About the
Situation in Iraq
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Obama Offers Plan to Fund,

Provide Universal Health Care


Obama revealed his plan to provide health care for the

Democratic presidential
hopeful Barack Obama offered
a plan to provide health care to
millions of Americans and more
affordable medical insurance
last week, financed by tax
increases on the wealthy.
Bemoaning a health care
"cost crisis," Obama said it was
unacceptable that 47 million are
uninsured while others are
struggling to pay their medical
bills. He said the time is ripe for
reforming the health care sys-
tem despite an inability to do so
in the past, most notably when
rival Hillary Rodham Clinton
pursued major changes during
her husband's presidency.
"We can do this," Obama said
in a speech in Iowa City at the
University of Iowa's medical
school. "The climate is far dif-
ferent than it was the last time
we tried this in the early '90s."
Obama's plan retains the pri-
vate insurance system but
injects additional money\ to pay
for expanding coverage. Those
N\ho can't afford coverage
would get a subsidN on a sliding
scale depending on their
income, and virtually all busi-
nesses would have to share in
the cost of coverage for their
Obama didn't mention how
much his plan would cost and
the campaign did not provide a
total figure. A memo written by
three outside experts and dis-
tributed by the campaign after
his speech said the plan would
cost an estimated $50 billion to
$65 billion a year once fully

implemented. That
however, is after
what the campai
Obama's plan would
through improved
and other federal savi
The experts also sa
could pay for his pl
through steps that the
has already said he we
- allowing President
cuts on dividends ar
gains and on those
more than about $2
year to expire in 2010
acting to make them p
The rest of the $(
funding could come
taxes on inheritance
more than $7 millii
Democrats want t
Bush's elimination ol
estates worth more th-
lion. Obama wants th
tion to be higher bu
said where it should t
Obama's proposal
spend more money
technology in the hea
try such as electronic
keeping. His package
prohibit insurance c
from refusing coverage
of existing conditions
also create a Nation
Insurance Exchange t
insurance companies
their profits. Obama
typical consumer wo
$2,500 a year on pren
Obama's first, prone
presidential candidate
he would sign a urniver
care plan into law by
his firm term in tl


House. But there is some dis-
pute over whether his plan
. io would provide universal care --
P P it's aimed at lowering costs so
SJ all Americans can afford insur-
ance, but does not guarantee
everyone would buy it.
"It's not totally clear that it
would result in universal cover-
age," said Ron Pollack, execu-
tive director of the advocacy
group Families USA. He
praised Obama and other lead-
ing candidates for focusing on
country. improving health care.
amount, "What makes it a top national
deducting priority now is not simply a
gn says sense of sympathy for people
I generate who are uninsured but a sense
efficiency of fear that the coverage that
ngs. used to be taken for granted can
id Obama no longer be taken for granted,"
an mostly he said.
candidate Obama aides said they
would take- believe that everyone would
Bush's tax buy health insurance if it were
nd capital affordable enough, achieving
e making universal care. If some
250,000 a Americans are still uninsured
instead of after a few years into the plan,
permanent Obama would reconsider how
65 billion to get to 100% advisers said.
by raising That's where he differs with
es worth Democratic rival John
on. Many Edwards, the only other candi-
o repeal date who has laid out a specific
f taxes on plan. Edwards eventually
an $1 mil- would require every American
ie exemp- to get health insurance, much
it has not like state requirements that
)e set. drivers have auto insurance.
l would Obama would only require that
boosting children be covered.
ilth indus- Clinton has has yet to provide
ic record- specifics of her health care
ge would plan. Clinton policy director
:ompames Neera Tanden issued a state-
e because ment commending Obama for
3. It would entering the health care debate
.al Health that she has long been fighting
o monitor and saying that Clinton sup-
and limit ports universal health care.
said the In a CNN-Opinion Research
would save poll conducted earlier this
niums. month, about two-thirds said
mise as a the government should provide
was that national health insurance for all
rsal health Americans, even if it would
the end of mean higher taxes.
he White

Black America's Largest Networking Conference Set for Atlanta

Myles Munroe, Cindy Trimm, Maulana
Karenga, Ron Daniels and Les Brown top a
list of 100 impressive speakers, seminar
leaders and panelists set to appear at the
Sixth Annual PowerNetworking Conference,
Black America's largest networking training
event. PowerNetworking 2007 will be held
June 27 30, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in
downtown Atlanta, Georgia. George Fraser,
CEO & Chairman of FraserNet, Inc. and
America's networking guru, noted by Black
Enterprise Magazine, has assembled a list of
"Who's Who" in keynote speakers, work-
shop presenters and panelists who will train,

inspire and empower the more than 2,000
attendees expected to participate in this
year's conference.
Producers of PowerNetworking, moved the
annual conference from Cleveland (Ohio),
where it originated in 2002, to Atlanta in
2006. With a reputation of providing a place
to "connect" at the kind of networking con-
ference that brings results, this four-day con-
ference is the ideal place for business-to-
business and business development.
PowerNetworking 2007 comes to Atlanta
with an established record of attracting
Black and other minority-business owners as

Debt: The Good the

A record high of credit card
debt is a sign that American con-
sumers are living well outside
their means. As a nation, the
Federal Reserve says we've
amassed $800 billion in credit
card debt, and that figure contin-
ues to climb.
Mike Sullivan, director of edu-
cation for Take Charge America,
a national non-profit credit coun-
seling agency, says Americans
have become consumed with
"bad" debt.
There is good debt and bad
debt. Good debt ultimately leads
to greater wealth, and bad debt
can possibly lead to financial
Disasterr" he said. "Learning to
decipher between the two is vital
to maintaining a healthy finan-
cial life."
According to Sullivan, good
debt includes items that you
need, but can't afford to pur-
chase upfront at least without
wiping out cash reserves or liq-
S uidating investments. In cases
where debt makes sense, con-
sumers should only take loans
for which they can afford month-
ly payments. On the other hand,
bad debt, which usually comes in
the form of high-interest credit
card debt, accumulates when a

consumer purchases items that
they don't need and can't afford.
Sullivan offers examples to
help you sort out the good, bad
and necessary sides of debt:
Mortgage A mortgage loan is
an example of good debt. It gen-
erally has a low interest rate, and
the value of the home will likely
increase throughout the life of
the loan, often substantially in
the long run. You can also
deduct the interest you pay on
the first $1 million of a mortgage
home. Keep in mind, the more
money you are able to use as a
down payment, the lower your
interest rate will be.
Student Loans A college
education is pricey, but it signif-
icantly boosts lifetime earnings.
Therefore, student loans can help
increase the likelihood that you
will make more money as you
advance your career. Student
loans also carry low interest
rates and some types do not need
to be paid until the student grad-
uates or stops taking classes. In
addition, student loans can be a
less-risky form of funding an
education, compared to borrow-
ing against a 401(k) or obtaining
a second mortgage.

well as other professionals.
Speaking at an Atlanta reception for
PowerNetworking, George Fraser said, "At
PowerNetworking 2007, we will share
proven insights and expertise that teach
effective networking. This will afford our
attendees the opportunity to advance their
careers, skyrocket their businesses and learn
how to create multiple streams of income.
What goes on at PowerNetworking should
not stay within PowerNetworking it should
be shared for the benefit of our communi-

Bad and Necessary

BAD DEBT car, the more expensive the
High-Interest Credit Card insurance.
This is the worst kind of bad NECESSARY DEBT
debt, and it causes millions of Auto Loans (Necessary Side)
people financial stress on a daily Some bad debt can be neces-
basis. According to the credit sary debt. For instance, a vehi-
card industry, the average cle is necessary for certain jobs,
American household that has at especially in communities not
least one credit card is carrying set up for easily accessible pub-
more than $9,000 worth of high- lic transportation. An auto loan
interest debt, which doesn't can provide you with a means to
include mortgages. It's very get to work. However, it is vital
simple to combat this problem: that drivers use auto loans to
live within your means, discern purchase a car within their budg-
wants from needs, and obtain the ets. Think about practicality and
will power to say "no" to unnec- affordable monthly payments
essary purchases. Further, if you when vehicle shopping. Make
pay off your credit card balance sure to evaluate the fuel efficien-
each month, then you won't have cy and add in the cost of gas to
to pay any interest rates, the overall cost of purchasing
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by Michael G. Shinn, CFP
Contributing Writer
Most of us will have the responsi-
bility of caring for an aging loved
one, be they either a parent, spouse,
relative or close friend. According
to the U.S Administration on Aging,
"Most older persons with long-term
needs -65%- rely exclusively on
family and friends to provide assis-
tance. Another 30% will supple-
ment family care with assistance
from paid providers." When it's our
turn to answer the challenge, in
most cases we will be ill prepared,
overwhelmed and nearly clueless
about how to handle the situation.
Becoming a caregiver usually is
the result of loved one suffering
either an accident, surgery or a seri-
ous illness such as a heart attack or
stroke. When it happens it is almost
like a bad dream. One minute you
are dealing with your normal daily
routine and then the next minute
you're sitting in a hospital talking
with a strange doctor about how
seriously ill your loved one is. At
that point, the why and how the ill-
ness occurred are irrelevant. What
is important is how you can help
your loved one prepare for a differ-
ent and difficult future. After their
recovery, if they are an aging adult,
living independently may not be a
viable option.
Long Term Care Options
The long term care options for
aging adults is dependent on the
level of care needed, financial
resources, the availability of per-
sonal care givers (family and
friends), what the patient wants and
the situation at their home. The
most common major care options
Nursing homes- Provides 24
hour skilled nursing care, personal
care, meals and on-site medical
care. Nursing homes are typically,
the most expensive and highest
level of care. According to the
American Association for Homes
and Services for the Aging
(AAHSA) the average cost of a
semi-private room in a nursing

home is $65,385 annually.
Assisted living residences-
Provides housing for those who
cannot live independently, but do
not need skilled nursing care. The
level of assistance varies with the
patient, but typically includes
meals, help with medications, per-
sonal care and housekeeping.
According to the AAHSA the aver-
age cost of living in an assisted liv-
ing facility is $32,572.
Senior retirement apartments-
Seniors live independently and
have their own apartments. Meals,
housekeeping and recreation may
be provided. Apartment rental fees
vary and meals and other services
are provided at additional cost.
- Living with an Adult Child- Has
been done for ages. The level of
care varies depending on the
expertise of the caregiver. The out
of pocket cost can be low; however
the intangible cost to the caregiver's
family can be significant. It also
provides the opportunities and chal-
lenges of intergenerational interac-
No Place like Home
Most seniors would prefer to con-
tinue to live in their own home, if at
all possible. They have lived there
for years, they are familiar with the
neighborhood and their home is
their own space in the world. The
cost of staying at home varies with
the level of care required. If exten-
sive professional care is required,
staying at home can exceed the cost
of staying in a nursing home.
Determining whether staying at
home is a viable option begins with
a comprehensive assessment of the
patient's needs and circumstances.
Most hospitals and insurance com-
panies can provide a social worker
or care manager to perform the
The assessment helps determine
the patient's ability and capacity to
perform the six activities of daily
living; bathing, dressing, transfer-

Millionaire Entrepreneurs; Cathy

Hughes, Les Brown and Others

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Bro. Bedford, founder of www.howtobeablackentrepreneur.com, has
released his interviews with some of the most Successful Black
Millionaire Entrepreneurs of our time.
Cathy Hughes of Radio One Inc.; Les Brown; Randal Pinkett, the
Winner of "The Apprentice"; Ephren Taylor, the youngest African
American CEO of a publicly traded company; Dennis Kimbro, author
of Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice; and George Fraser, author of
Success Runs in out Race and Black America's #1 Networker, share
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CNBC Launches

24hr Africa Network

Africa Africa is to enter the era
of rolling news this week when
CNBC launches the first 24-hour
information network dedicated to
coverage of news and business on
the continent.
CNBC Africa is to go on air
began last Friday from its main
studios in Johannesburg, South
Africa, and will also take feeds
from bureaus in Lagos, Nairobi
and London.
The new channel will have a
heavy business bias and will fea-
ture live broadcasts of the opening
and closing of key African mar-
kets, including the stock
exchanges in Johannesburg,
Lagos and Nairobi.
Zafar Siddiqi, CNBC Africa
chairperson, said the launch of the
new channel would be a milestone
in African broadcasting.
"This is the first channel of its
kind that caters to the information

needs of the average viewer as
well as to business and investment
communities, by providing mean-
ingful analysis behind the head-
lines, relating to how current
events can impact our lives," he
The US-based CNBC already has
networks operating in Europe,
Asia and the Middle East.
"The global CNBC network
reaches 200 million households
across the world," Siddiqi added.
While rolling news networks
such as CNN, BBC World and al-
Jazeera International are available
to television viewers in Africa,
none broadcast from studios in
African governments frequently
complain about Western coverage
of their continent, complaining
that it is too often negative and
overly-focused on natural disas-
ters. -

Caring for An Aging Loved One

ring, toileting, eating and walking
and how much support is needed
for each. Next it looks at the sup-
port required for six instrumental or
supporting activities of daily living;
light house work, meal preparation,
supervising medications, shopping
for groceries, etc.; communication
and money management. The
assessment also looks at the capa-
bility of support from personal
caregivers (family and friends) and
the amount of required skilled med-
ical support.
Finally, the social worker will look
at the home itself to determine
modifications and repairs required
to safely accommodate the patient.
Home modifications could include
items such; ramps, handrails, bath-
room accommodations, security
systems, lighting and etc.
Care Providers
If the patient's needs are beyond
the capability of their personal care-
givers there are professional home
care organizations that can provide
skilled nursing care and home
health aides (non-medical care).
Most of the professional care is pro-
vided at an hourly rate. Two web-
sites that may be helpful are:
www.caregiver.org and
Caring for an aging loved one can
have significant impact on our emo-
tions, families and finances. Are
there situations in your life that may
require that you are the primary
caregiver for one of your loved
ones? As sensitive as it may be,
have you discussed the possibilities
with them and how they would like
to be cared for? Have you looked at
your own situation and how you
would like to be cared for? Failing
to plan is surely a plan to fail!
Michael G Shinn, CFP, Registered
Representative and Investment Adviser
Representative of and securities offered
through Financial Network Investment
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SJustice Delayed:Arguments Begin in 40 Year Old Klan Murder Trial

Reputed Ku Klux Klansman James
Ford Seale, left, is assisted down
steps by U.S. Marshal Nehemiah
Flowers as Scale leaves the federal
courthouse in Jackson, Miss.
JACKSON, Miss. Prosecutors
in the kidnapping and conspiracy
trial of James Ford Scale promised
jurors during opening arguments
this week that they will prove the
reputed Klansman was among
those who abducted, beat and
drowned two black teenagers in
Defense attorneys set out to
divorce Seale's reputation from the
facts of the charges and said the

government's case will be based
largely on a member of the Ku
Klux Klan who has changed his
story in the 43 years since Henry
Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie
Moore were dumped in the
Mississippi River to die.
Seale. now 71, has pleaded not
guilty in the attacks on Dee and
Moore, both 19. He also has denied
being involved in the Klan.
"Being a member of the Klan, as
detestable and abominable as it
may be, was not a crime then and is
not a crime now," public defender
George Lucas told the jury of eight
whites and four blacks. "You must
remember my client is not on trial
for being a racist. He's not on trial
for murder."
About 60 spectators, including
family members of Seale and the
victims, watched the opening argu-
ments in the latest of several cold
cases from the civil rights era that
have been revived across the South

in the past 13 years. Among the
three whites chosen as alternate
jurors, one is a woman who said her
father had been a member of the
Prosecutor Paige Fitzgerald
showed black and white pictures of
the victims, both 19 at the time of
their deaths, to the jur) on a screen
as she made her presentation.
She told jurors that Seale held a
shotgun on the teens while they
were beaten. Scale and others took
Dee and Moore to Scale's father's
farm, where Scale and another
Klansman bound the victims with
duct tape, put them in a plastic-
lined trunk and drove them across
the state line into Louisiana,
Fitzgerald said. Moore and Dee
were then tossed into the
Mississippi River to die.
Scale and reputed Klansman
Charles Marcus Edwards were
arrested in 1964. But the FBI was
consumed by the "Mississippi

Burning" investigation of three
civil rights workers, and the Dee-
Moore case was turned over to
local authorities, who threw out all
charges against Seale and Edwards.
Ed\wards. Scale's cousin, has been
given immunity and is expected to
provide keN testimony for the pros-
The federal charges of kidnapping
and conspiracy against Seale hinge
on the prosecution proving the vic-
tims were taken across the state line
before being killed, Lucas said.
Wearing a hearing aid. Scale sat
expressionless during the testimony
of the first three witnesses two
law officers and a funeral home
worker who helped pull the bodies
of Dee and Moore from a backwa-
ter of the Mississippi River.
The Justice Department reopened
an investigation in 2000. The FBI
closed the case again in 2003 but
reopened it in 2005. It is expected
to last about two weeks.

Shown above is National Black Panther Party Chairman Dr. Malik
Shabazz at the community address.. .-photo
National New Black Panther Chair

Inspires First Coast Activists

Presidential Candidates Still Silent on Issues Pertaining to African-Americans

Walters also pointed out that there
was no mention of prescription
drug costs, another important factor
in the health care debate.
The most recent Washington Post-
ABC News Poll shows Clinton has
a solid lead of 42 percent, followed
by Obama with 27 percent and
Edwards with 11 percent.
But Walters cautioned not to over-
look other candidates, like Dennis
Kucinich, whose voting record has
often mirrored that of the
Congressional Black Caucus.
"Overall, he has [a] kind of posi-
tion toward the Black community,"

Continued from front
make us a part of the omnibus,"
says Thomas Todd, a political com-
mentator who is a former federal
prosecutor and former leader of
Operation PUSH in Chicago. "But
being the most loyal and the largest
voting block in the Democratic
Party, you would think that they
would deal with issues that specifi-
cally address the problems facing
Black people or African-
Americans. It's not being done."
Health care, education, and other
domestic issues were touched upon
briefly, but mostly within the last 10
minutes of the debate. The two-
hour debate focused almost solely
on war and immigration issues.
"The way it was organized, this was
an effort to campaign on issues that
are typically seen as dominated by
the GOP," says California political
science professor Katherine Tate.
The CNN debate, hosted by Wolf
Blitzer, might also have played to
the dominant White population of
New Hampshire. The state is 1 per-
cent African-American.
"It's not as though Blacks are not
interested in the other issues, but it
does mean that there are more
immediate concerns in terms of
their ability to achieve more viable
lifestyles, including employment
and education," says Dr. Ron
Walters, professor of political sci-
ence at the University of Maryland,
College Park. "You need some peo-
ple to be passionate enough about
the issues to demonstrate that the
Black community is hurting in
some respects, and needs the candi-
dates to speak to these issues."
Tate notes that her research in
Black public opinion shows that the
war in Iraq is important to Blacks.
But, domestic issues that hit home
are also on the minds of those who
are hurting, says Todd.
"We have the highest unemploy-
ment, we have the highest rate of
unemployed or jobless, formerly
incarcerated persons, we have the
worse health care. Affordable hous-
ing, yes, it's a problem throughout
the nation, but it's a greater problem
for us," says Todd. "And so, when
we look at all of the specific issues
- crime, the death of young Black
men, and the crisis facing young
Black men, it would seem to me
that if you are concerned about the
Black vote and not thinking that it's
going to go to you automatically,
that you would come up with a
comprehensive kind of program
designed to address these issues."
Ironically, Hurricanes Katrina and
Rita were not mentioned during the
entire debate although both Sens.
Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama
have outlined extensive platforms
on recovery in New Orleans.
On the subject of health care, Sens.
Obama and Clinton expressed the
desire to provide care to more
Americans, John Edwards quoted
the potential cost of his health care
program, saying his plan would
cost from $90 billion to $120 bil-
lion per year.
Currently, 47 million Americans
currently lack health coverage, 16
percent of those uninsured are
African-American, according cal-
culations of numbers reported by
the U. S. Census Bureau.
Walters was unimpressed with all
of the candidates proposed plans.
"They really are not talking about
universal health care in most
cases," says Walters. "They're talk-
ing about some variety of it."

A' ft

says Walters of Kucinich.
The debate was held at St. Anselm
College in New Hampshire, a state
that historically plays a major role
in presidential elections. Since
1977, state law has required that its
primary be first in the nation. New
Hampshire is also known for going
either Republican or Democratic.
As a result, it is usually an early
predictor of the front runners and
can sometimes make or break a
Though the Black community has
been documented to be the
strongest against the war, Walters

says Blacks need to speak up in
order to ensure the other concerns
are addressed.
The responsibility is also on the
candidates, says Todd.
"They're concerned about other
issues that are a part of the
omnibus, but for my vote, give me
something that I can vote for you
for that's going to help me directly,"
says Todd. "It's not happening
because of an old, old kind of tradi-
tion where you talk about
Republicans who ignore the Black
vote and Democrats who take it for

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Jacksonville's New Black Panther
Party and the Jacksonville Local
Organizing Committee for the
Millions More Movement served
as hosts for Dr. Malik Shabazz,
National Chair of the New Black
Panther Party. Dr. Shabazz's
forum was on the topic, "State of
the Black Community, and Why
We Must Stop the Violence Now!".
The free event was held at the
Shops of Sherwood.
Throughout the evening, atten-
dees were provided with insightful,
detailed lecture and answers to
many of the problems affecting
Black people in America.

"It doesn't matter if you live in
Jacksonville, Florida or Anywhere,
USA" said Shabazz, "the problems
are the same."
The audience, comprised mostly
of men, absorbed the young
lawyers inspiring words that
extended far beyond years. Several
times throughout the address,
Shabazz had to pause for the thun-
dering applause to quiet.
Dr. Shabazz left the attendees
with a list of things each one can
do to stop the killing and help save
Black America from destruction.
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Am I the
As American death tolls continue
to grow and the truth about why
Americans invaded Iraq become
more evident everyday I try not to
think about it the situation. Why,
because I don't want to walk
around upset or to use a more
appropriate term p'ed off.
Most Republicans know that
President Bush mislead the
American people when making his
case of why we should go to Iraq,
but very few will admit the
Presidents wrongs in public.
Democrats used the President
and Republicans stance on Iraq to
win back Congress, but haven't
been able to do anything meaning-
ful in the short period in which they
have had control. And because the
Democrats have such as small per-
centage of control in Congress it is
hard for them to get enough votes
to get the right legislation passed to
actually start brining troops home.
Talk about a political quagmire.
The only thing being done in
Washington right now is talk and
jockeying by each party for the
upcoming elections.
What's even worse is to occupy a
country that we should have never
taken over in the first place. Some
would say that if we pull the troops
out now, it will throw the entire
Middle East off balance, and give
control to the same people we have
been fighting against.
I would ask when has the Middle

Why Fath
by Dutch Martin
As the product of a single-parent
home, I always have mixed feel-
ings when Father's Day arrives.
What could I understand about
the importance of fathers when my
own formative years were shaped
by my mother? Much has been
written about the negative effects
of fatherlessness on black children,
and I definitely have some insights
to share on how important fathers
are and how misguided govern-
ment policies undermined black
families including my own.
Historically, the black family
was strong and intact. Even in the
worst of times, when racism domi-
nated our society, our community
was still dedicated to keeping fam-
ilies together. Not only did we sur-
vive we excelled.
What happened?
Ironically, it was LBJ's "War on
Poverty," which began shortly after
the passage of the landmark Civil
Rights Act of 1963 and marked the
turning point for many families. It
created a welfare state that
engulfed black America and
proved to be devastating to existing
economic and social progress.
A government bureaucracy was
created that subsidized irresponsi-
bility and social dysfunction.
Unmarried women were financial-
ly rewarded for having children out
of wedlock and weak-willed black
men were excused for being lazy,
irresponsible losers siring as
many illegitimate kids with as
many women as they pleased.
Why not? The government would
take care of their progeny.
Having survived centuries of
slavery and discrimination, the
black family began a rapid moral
disintegration under a program that
was sold as an emergency rescue

Only One
East ever been balanced and sta-
ble? Under Saddam's reign many
innocent people died, but there was
some order in the country and not
complete chaos.
While Americans or Allied forces
control the country, it has been a
nonstop battle royal. Innocent peo-
ple can die on any given day. It
doesn't matter if you are going to
the market or the Mosque, you
could be subject to a suicide
bomber or rocket launcher.
Right now in Iraq no one is safe
from the violence.
There is an old African proverb
that says, "Do not look where you
fell, but where you slipped." And
our great country slipped when we
bought into this administration's
propaganda about Iraq invasion.
Think about the power of the
Oval Office. In one act the
President of the United States, took
over an entire country, put thou-
sands of lives at risk, and totally
discredited the very organization
our country took lead in creating
decades ago the United Nations.
Now that is power. And the
American public rewarded George
W. for all of his hard work by re-
electing him in 2004. And no I am
not about to start crying over
spilled milk, but it is time to figure
out a way to start withdrawing our
troops from Iraq.
What's even more interesting is
that ever since the war began, gas

Upset About Iraq?
prices have been out of control. Not ly 3,500 Americans have died in
only are we losing lives because of Iraq since March 2003, and of
our occupation of Iraq, but we are course none died at the hands of
also paying for it at the pump. any weapons of mass destruction.
As the President urges patience Of those nearly 3,500, about
and for us to "stay on course," he 2,880 were solider killed in com-
obviously must be living in a paral- bat. And of course, there were tens
lel universe or something. Patience, of thousands wounded.
he says. You could have the And I am certainly not one of
patience of Job and still see that those anti-war all the time people. I
this is a losing battle, think that war is necessary at times
With steadily climbing death especially when we are acting in a
tolls, outrageous gas prices, role to protect the "little man."
increasing discontent from the But war should be used as a last
American public it's easy to say, "I result, when diplomacy fails.
told you so." But that doesn't solve Looking back to the Gulf War, it
any problems at all. was totally necessary with Iraq's
And let me simply state the obvi- invasion of Kuwait. Sadaam
ous; I do realize that Iraq and coun- Hussein was out of control and fall
tries like Iraq pose a threat to our of Kuwait would have affected the
country's security. I totally under- balance of power in the entire
stand the notion that we must stop Middle Eastern region. However,
Iraq from developing weapons of there was never a "real" case for
mass destruction for the safety of war Iraq under our current
not only the Middle East, but free President.
nations through the world. Because of this war we are now
However, the fact that we didn't left with a situation that continues
find one sign of a serious nuclear to leave a strain on Americans as
threat in Iraq should bother more our soldiers continue to die fighting
people. We could have invaded the insurgents' everyday.
Bahamas and found more weapons With as many Democrats and
of mass destruction, and our troops Republicans running for office as
could have enjoyed the beautiful folks at a Fourth of July barbecue,
beaches and conch fritters, maybe someone will get the mes-
And while we claimed to have sage. The American people want to
"won the war against Iraq" some bring our troops home.
three years ago, the battles continue Signing off from a picket line
to linger on as more and more U.S. outside the White House,
soldier die everyday. To date, near- Reggie Fullwood

her's Day Saddens Me

but was transformed into a way of
life. No wonder so many blacks
just sat on their hands and did noth-
ing after the civil-rights movement.
For three generations until
welfare reform was adopted in
1996 young black girls were
raised and culturally conditioned to
be "baby mamas" instead of loving
and nurturing wives and mothers
and to prefer "baby daddies" over
responsible, loving and supportive
husbands and fathers. The mere
idea of marriage as a sacred institu-
tion for the proper rearing of chil-
dren became a joke. Too man",
black men saw no reason whatso-
ever to be committed husbands and
fathers. Why should they?

Welfare rendered their role in the
family unnecessary.
In her book The Burden of Bad
Ideas, Manhattan Institute scholar
Heather MacDonald shows an
example of this irrelevance when
she recounts a woman receiving
benefits being asked what she
would do without them, the woman
replied, "get me a husband."
I grew up in a welfare family. I
was the youngest of six children
with an absentee father. My fami-
ly life was widely dysfunctional ,
and not having my father in my life
left a -veid i my soul that, at times,
was emotionally crippling.
I had no one to teach me how to
drive a car, tie a necktie, balance a

checkbook and women. In short,
there was no one to teach me how
to be a man. I had to learn many of
life's lessons of manhood the hard
way on my own.
Reflecting on the spiritual and
moral decay of being raised in a
fatherless welfare family and of
other families in our neighborhood,
makes me both angry and sad.
Worst of all, today's black "lead-
ers" don't have the guts to admit
that the welfare state which was a
political meal ticket for many has
failed black America.
Don't let anyone kid you, folks.
Fatherlessness hurts like hell! You
never get over it; you just deal with
it. I've been dealing with it for 33

Post-civil Rights Period? Think Again
By. Julian Bond
If you think as many do we're in a 'post civil rights' period where dis-
crimination and bigotry have been vanquished as ugly artifacts of a long-
ago past, think again.
And read the United States Supreme Court's frightening decision in
Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
Ledbetter involved a woman Lilly Ledbetter, the rare woman in her job
category at an Alabama factory who sued her employer for wage dis-
crimination after years in which her paycheck was smaller than her male
colleagues received for doing the same work.
She won a jury verdict on her claim, and the jury found it "more likely
than not that [Goodyear] paid an unequal salary because of her sex." But the
federal Court of Appeals for the 1 th Circuit disagreeing with every other
appellate court which had considered the issue reversed, saying she had
sued too late even though she continued to receive lower pay. The
Supreme Court, by a 5 4 vote, upheld that decision.
Under Title VII, the nation's premier anti-discrimination civil rights law,
"a charge of discrimination must be filed within 180 days after the alleged
unlawful practice occurred."
But the 11th Circuit and now a majority of the Supreme Court has held
that Lilly Ledbetter cannot recoup any pay lost because of discrimination
because she did not sue when she was first victimized by receiving lower
pay. As the New York Times noted, "Bizarrely, the majority insisted it did
not matter that Goodyear was still paying her far less than her male coun-
terparts when she filed her complaint."
Civil rights past? We're living in a harsh civil rights present just ask
Lilly Ledbetter.

Rev. Moon: The Man

Mission and the Movement
-'f Ret erend Moon \ as a victimm of both religious and
:r racial biotri. NlaJ all of us pray and work that such
" injustice may ne'er. ne\er happen again Dr Joseph
Lo' %ery. President Emeritus Southern Christian
Leadership Conference
Is there a gLreater icon for people of color than Reverend Sun NMung
Moon' Nearly e er one has read or heard something about the founder of
the Unification Church often nei-atiie and insulting. But, in spite of
America's full thrust of religious and racial bigotry Moon remains unbent,
unbo\wed and source of Cnrichment of many minorities.
"The reason 1 like Re\. Moon is that he brings black, white, yellow and
brown together" said Re\. A I. Dunlap when he joined forces with
Reverend Moon on the ti.l-tate "\\e \ill Stand" tour A friend and source
of support for Black ministers for years. Moon's tour was designed to
encouraged elimination of racial and religious di\erseness.
Re\ filed by American media since he came to America. when Re\. Moon
aligned \ith minister Louis Farrakhan to sponsor the Million Family
March, mainstream media labeled it "the oddest alliance in recent
American history "Odd" the\ called him. but the more media ridiculed
him the more a media mogul Moon became. His organization owns News
World Communications, a media company that has operations in 20 coun-
tries. Ne\s World Communications owns the United Press International
(UPI) news agency and the \ashington Times Other newspapers include
The lMiddle East Times iEgypti. Seg1e Ilbo (Korea) and Sekai Nippo
(Japan). Moon's foundations also fund the Kingmaker Magazine and the
American Clerg Leadership Conference IACLC). an interdenominational,
interracial group of ministers that preach messages of family valuess in
urban communities
Re\erend Nloon's success in spite at the "'to strikes that were against
him" should inmoke a sense of pride across black, brown and yellow races.
As the Lnification movement ecol ed from selling roses on street corners.
its members' dedication to their faith and purpose have resulted in vast
holdings.. Moon's movement is a sprawling collection of churches, non-
profit foundations and for-profit holding companies whose global opera-
tions include computers in Japan; automotive plants in China: seafood in
Alaska: arms and ginseng in Korea. huge tracts of land in South America;
a university in Bridgeport.. Conn. a recording studio and travel agency in
Manhattan: a horse farm in Texas and a eolf course in California.
Moon has successfully met and matched his opponents. Much of his spir-
itual focus is on building the family and its values. and civil rights. Within
his mo ement. Moon's spiritual and business \entures are viewed by adher-
ents as part ofa unified whole While he \%as being labeled a "cult leader"
over the decades: as a part of his drive for worldd unit', the \wealthy pastor
frequently forged ties w ith black clergy and groups on issues of common
interest. including sexual abstinence, social justice and world peace.
Blacks that are suspect of Moon should take note that his embrace of us
goes back to decades-long linkages to Martin Luther King. Jr associates.
"That's mI man!" sa\s former MLK aid. Walter Fauntroy. A civil rights
active ist and pastor of \ashington. D.C pastor. Fauntro% first met Moon in
1971. Fauntro\ served for t\o decades as the DC delegate to Congress and
has endorsed Moon's efforts to strengthen families and pursue world peace
for 35 \ears When Moon "as freed from prison. Reverend Joseph Lowr
and members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference decried his
case and itI pers.ecution
The "odd alliance' between Moon and Minister Farrakhan had as its
objective\ to hold the Million Family Nlarch to promote concepts of strong
families and valuess in contrast t t the way the media portrayed their
"alliance." Farrakhan saos. "'Eerthing that I have experienced of Rev.
Moon. I see him attempting to break down the barriers that divide people
religiousl, ethnically and racially "
People in Moon's movement are more Ihkelh to knock on Blacks' doors
more often than the\ \\ ll those of \ hites'. When that happens, will Black
Americans reject Linificationists' outreach to help "Rebuild Families and
Restore Communities" simply because of America's established order's
view s?

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Woes Continue for Cong.

Jefferson With Indictment

Cong. Jefferson shown above
recently asked for a leave of
by H.T. Edney, NNPA
S. Rep. Bill Jefferson (D-La.),
who last year told the NNPA News
Service in an exclusive interview
that he was baffled about why the
FBI raided his congressional office,
has been indicted with 16 counts of
alleged bribery, racketeering, using
his office to solicit bribes and
obstruction of justice.
The charges were handed down
from the U. S. Attorney's office in
Alexandria on Tuesday, a year after
FBI agents launched a controversial
raid on his Capitol Hill office. The
have prompted his lawyer as well
as leading members of the
Congressional Black Caucus to ask
critics to reserve judgment until he
has had his day in court.
Jefferson is being accused of
accepting bribes in exchange for
using his influence in private deal-
ings with high-tech businesses in
Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana.
"Congressman Jefferson is inno-
cent. He plans to fight this indict-
ment and clear his name," says his
attorney Robert Trout, in a state-
ment issued Tuesday. "The
Department of Justice has inspected
every aspect of Mr. Jefferson's pub-
lic and private life. Federal agents
searched his home and automobile,
and for the first time in the history
of the United States, they raided a
Congressional office."
A statement from the Department

of Justice says, "The things of value
allegedly sought and/or received by
Jefferson on behalf of his business
interests and relatives included
hundreds of thousands of dollars
worth of bribes in the form of pay-
ments from monthly fees or retain-
ers, consultant fees, percentage
shares of revenues and profits, flat
fees for items sold, and stock own-
ership in the companies seeking his
official assistance."
Despite widely publicized claims
from federal investigators that they
found $90,000 of FBI money in
Jefferson's home freezer two years
ago, throngs of civil rights lawyers
and members of Congress last year
came to his defense, saying the
Capitol Hill office raid had crossed
the line.
As news of the indictments circu-
lated this week, even some who
were hopeful last year are shaking
their heads.
"With all of the counts, it is high-
ly unlikely that there will be an
acquittal on all of them," says
Thomas Todd, a former U. S.
Attorney from the Eastern District
of Illinois. He says the worst part of
the indictments appear to be the
obstruction of justice, Count 15.
"I don't see how that can have an
explainable that's reasonable for
that or how he can have an explana-
tion for the money in the freezer,"
Todd says. "Now, having said that,
he is presumed to be innocent until
proven guilty."
The 95-page indictment states in
Count 15 that Jefferson "knowingly
and corruptly concealed a record,
document, and other object, and
attempted to do so, with intent to
impair the object's integrity and
Specifically, the indictment says
that Jefferson tried to hide faxes
and attachments addressed to him
during a court-approved search of
this New Orleans home in 2005.
Despite controversy swirling
around his case last spring, he was
soundly re-elected by a faithful
New Orleans constituency in

Miss Black USA contestants on boat crossing the Gambia River to James Island, a major slave shipping point in the 1600's. Reuben Abib Photo

Miss Black USA Contestants Compete in Africa

Continued from front
But the glitz, glamour and every
hair in place means much more than
outer beauty.
"This has never been a frivolous
program", says Karen Arrington,
the pageant's founder. "It is a vehi-
cle to provide opportunity for
African-American women. This
year we are bridging the gap and
connecting with our ancestral
home, Africa with the theme 'A
Royal Journey Back to Our
The Miss Black USA Scholarship
pageant is celebrating its 20th year
and held the competition for the
first time outside of the U.S., in The
Gambia, West Africa, culminating
with the finals last Friday evening.
The Gambia gained worldwide
attention when the late author Alex
Haley, traced his ancestor Kunte
Kinte to a Gambian village in the
landmark book and later television
series "Roots".
For the Miss Black USA contest-
ants, holding the pageant in Africa
represents the opportunity of a life-
Each contestant has been part-
nered with a Gambian girl in a pen
pal relationship. The Gambian girls
greeted and accompanied them on a
tour of Kunte Kinte's village. "We

have bonded forever," says
Cleantha Samuel, Miss Black U.S.
Virgin Island, a crowd favorite who
was the second runner up for the
coveted crown. "1 have agreed to
sponsor my pen pal and I will be
paying her high school fees as well
as for her sister. It is a blessing for
me to be able to provide needed
resources. I look forward to coming
back." Samuel is a cost analyst for
the U.S. Department of Defense.
In addition to the educational
partnerships there is also a medical
partnership. The pageant is spon-
soring a new ward at the Royal
Victoria Hospital in Serekunda,
Gambia, and is also involved in a
diabetes awareness program.
The Miss Black USA pageant
brought testing monitors and strips
to Gambia and scores of Gambian
citizens took part in a day of free
testing and health education. "We
are returning to our homeland to
help change the course of history,"
says Arrington.
Given recent racist assaults on
the character of the Black woman,
Arrington is also quite certain that
there remains a place for the Miss
Black USA pageant. "The recent
Imus incident is a perfect example
of the stereotypes that still exist and
why the world needs this pageant.

Miss Black USA is about celebrat-
ing who we are," she says. Tiffany
Dawn Boatner, Miss Black
Colorado agrees, "This is about a
lot more than beauty. It's about
learning who we are, where we
come from, learning life lessons
and skills. I've learned patience and
my faith in God has been reaf-
firmed," she says.
Each contestant was required to
develop a "platform"-a cause she
believes in and is actively working
on. These included math and sci-
ence literacy for inner city youth,
beating domestic violence, breast
cancer awareness, HIV/AIDS pro-
grams, improving the foster care
system, among others.
The other competitions included
evening gown and answering tough
questions. All the contestants were
stunning as they paraded across the
stage which was built in a large out-
door area at an adjoining hotel. At
the finish, Kalilah Allen-Harris,
Miss Black Tennessee, took home
the crown. She said she was always
fascinated by beauty pageants, even
as a little girl. But when she entered
her first competition at age 16 and
won scholarship money for college
as a first runner up, a light bulb
went off in her head. "That's when
I began to realize the main benefit

of these pageants is a way to
advance your education."
Allen-Harris, whose goal is to be
an orthopedic surgeon, is in her first
year at Meharry Medical School,
one of the world's premier histori-
cally Black institutions of higher
learning. At one point, before the
contestants left the states U.S.,
Allen-Harris had to leave the group
to return to school for yearend
"Sometimes I had no clue if I
would make it, but I kept God first
and would throw myself on the
floor and pray. God and time man-
agement are the keys. Also the Miss
Black Tennessee committee helped
prepare me," she says.
She says the most important les-
son she's learned on this, her first
trip to The Continent, is that
African-Americans cannot discon-
nect themselves from Africa. "It is
very important that we embrace our
heritage, regardless of how we
look, our complexion or hair tex-
ture. We need to be aware of the
problems of our African brothers
and sisters and make sure that they
can develop and attain at least a
fraction of the opportunity we are
afforded in the U.S. We need to
come together as a people."

Northeast Florida Builders Association

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would like to congratulate our recent

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from local Jacksonville communities

The Northeast Florida Builders Association offers you

the opportunity to begin a rewarding well paid career in

the construction trades through its Apprenticeship

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Central CME Children's Choir
Celebrates National Children's Day
The Miniature Classical Singers, the Children's Choir of Central
Metropolitan CME, Rev. John W. Walker Jr., Pastor; featuring children of
the church, ages 3 to 11, will be presented for an Inaugural Live Recording
Concert, under the direction of Mrs. Sharon Coon, at 3 p.m. on Sunday,
June 10, 2007, National Children's Day. A reception will follow the concert
which is free and open to the public. The concert will be presented at the
Karpeles Manuscript Museum, 101 West Street. The community is invited.
St. James AME, Orange Park to
Hold Many Activities in June & July
St. James AME of Orange Park, "The Church Where God is Doing Great
Things" where Rev. Alesia Scott Ford is Pastor; will hold a Youth
Leadership Camp from 9 a.m. to 12 noon from June 11-15 & July 9-13 for
(Ages 6-8); June 18-22 & July 16-20 (Ages 9-12). For registration infor-
mation, call Belita Franklin 610-4314.
Worship services will be held at 8 a.m. and 11a.m. starting June 10th.
A Community Basketball Tournament is open to the community at the
TC Miller Learning Center, 440 McIntosh Ave., July 21-22nd. For addi-
tional information or to register your team, call 276-8079 or 317-8418; or
visit st. james ame@bellsouth.net.
Community Family Fun Day will be held immediately following the 11
a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 22, 2007.
King Solomon to Hold Retirement
Appreciation for Dr. William Barker
The King Solomon United Baptist Church, 2240 Forest Street; will hold
a Retirement Appreciation Service for Dr. William C. Barker Jr., at 4 p.m.
on Saturday, June 9, 2007 in the sanctuary of the church.
Dr. Barker has served the Jacksonville community for the past 42 years,
26 years as Pastor of King Solomon. The Community is invited to attend.
Mt. Nebo to Celebrate Church and
Pastor's Anniversary, June 10-11th
Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church, 8778 Lake Placid Drive E.
(across from Martin Luther King Elementary School), is celebrating 36
years of spreading the Good News of the Living Christ, and 20 years of
leadership under the direction of Rev. Will A. Waldrop Sr. The community
is invited to a joyful experience in the Lord during the 3-day celebration
June 10-13, 2007. "Seek Him with your whole heart" (Psalms 27:8) is the
theme. The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 10th. Services
will also be held at 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, June 11 & 13th.

St. Philip's Episcopal Continues St. Joseph Missionary Baptist Enters
125th Anniversary Through June 10th Annual 3-Day Spiritual Revival

St. Philip's Episcopal Church, corner Union & Pearl Streets is celebrat-
ing 125 years of serving the community with a week of activities.
The Anniversary Celebration kicked off June 3rd and included a
Family Outing, A Celebration of Youth and A Candlelight Memorial
Service on Thursday, at 7 p.m.. Festivities continue with an Interfaith Choir
Festival on Friday, at 7 p.m., the ECW's Caribbean Festival will begin at 2
p.m. on Saturday at St. John's Cathedral and the renowned Father Sebastian
Campbell of the Bahamas, will deliver the sermon on Sunday, June 10th at
10 a.m. The Holy Eucharist will be severed.
The community is invited to join the celebration.
Memorial Service for Bishop White
A Memorial Service for Bishop William White will be held at the
Genesis Baptist Church, 2415 McDuffAve., Rev. Kevin Honor, Pastor; at
7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2007. The special guests will be The
Fabulous White Singers. Also, appearing on program will be the Sisters of
Praise, New Creations, New Testament, God's Spiritual Gifts, Lil Jessie &
The Miracles, Jerry Cannon & the Caravans.
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
University Choir in Concert at Bethel
Sister Cities: St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Saint John's Episcopal
Cathedral, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Florida Community College, and the
University of North Florida have come together to sponsor a FREE to the
public, performance of South Africa's Nelson Mandela Metropolitan
University Choir at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church, 215 Bethel Baptist
Street. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10th.
Sword & Shield Kingdom Outreach
Ministry to hold Spirit Filled Worship
The Sword and Shield Kingdom Outreach Ministry, Rev. Mattie W.
Freeman, Founder and Pastor; invites the community to share in 2007
Serious Praise Services on Sunday, June 10th at the Father's House
Conference Center, 1820 Monument Road, Bldg. 2.
"When Praises go up, Blessings come down! Service is at 3:45 p.m.
Rev. Benamin Gadson, Pastor of St. Mark Missionary Baptist.
6th Annual Miss Teen Christian Pageant
Registration is now open for the "6th Annual Miss Teen Christian
Pageant". Young ladies between the ages of 15 19 are welcome to partic-
ipate. For more information, and to apply, please contact Shenita Johnson
at (904) 241-9529 or (904) 953-1755.

Dr. H. T. Rhim, Senior Pastor; will
hold Annual Spiritual Revival
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,
at 7 p.m.
R"v Rev. Dr. Kenneth Maurice Davis,
,3 4th Vice President of the National
R Baptist Convention of America Inc.,
will be the special Evangelist. Dr.
Davis serves as the pastor of
Tabernacle Missionary Baptist
Church, D'Iberville, Mississippi. A
great bible expositor, evangelist,
and Pastor-teacher, he also serves
as President of the LIFT Bible
Dr. Kenneth Davis Crusade College and Seminary Inc.
St. Joseph Missionary Baptist The community is invited for
Church, 485 West First Street, Rev. renewal.

Mt. Olive Women Prayer Warriors
to hold 2nd Annual Prayer Revival
The Women Prayer Warriors at Dawn of Mt. Olive AME Church, 841
Franklin Street, Rev. Dr. Granville W. Reed III, Pastor; will host their 2nd
Annual Prayer Revival Wednesday and Thursday, June 13-14th, at 7 p.m.
Rev. Alesia Scott Ford, Pastor of St. James AME Church, Orange Park will
be the Revivalist, on Wednesday; Rev. Marva T. Mitchell, Pastor of St.
James AME Church, Lawtey; will be the Revivalist on Thursday.
The Revival Theme: Answering the Call- Moving Into the Mission for
Which We were Created. The Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:10.
Sis. Elnora Massey serves as Chairperson of the Prayer Warriors.
Disciples of Christ to Hold Youth Revival
The Disciples of Christ, 2061 West Edgewood Avenue, Pastor Robert
LeCount Jr.; invites the youth of the community to "Not let the devil use
you, use your talents for God!" The Disciples of Christ" say, "Let's get this
party started on Thursday evening, chose you this day whom ye will serve
(Joshua 24:15), and the Theme: "The benefit of being saved at a young age"
is set for June 14, 15 & 16th.
Friday Night Live: "My Body belongs to God. My Whole Body. (1
Corinthians 3:16) "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God."
"Dance Fever" on Saturday will let you know "There ain't no party like
a Holy Ghost party, because a Holy Ghost Party, don't stop!

5863 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 FAX 764-3800

Pastor Ernie Murray
Welcomes you!

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1st Sunday 3:45 p.m.

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Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

Radio Ministry
WCGL 1360 AM Thursday 8:15 -8:45 a.m.
AM 1400 Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
TV Ministry
WTLV Channel 12 Sunday's at 6:30 a.m.

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Seeking the lost for Christ
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Pastor Landon Williams

S:00 A.M. Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m. Prayer Service
Wednesday Bible Study 6:30 7 p.m.
Mid-Week Worship 7 p.m.
Radio Weekly Broadcast WCGL 1360 AM
Sunday 2 PM 3 PM

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Join us for our Weekly Services
Sunday Morning Worship Midweek Services
7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday Noon Service
Church school "Miracle at Midday"
9:30 a.m. 12 noon-1 p.m.
f' : The Word from the Sons
and Daughters of Bethel Dinner and Bible Study
Pastor Rudolph 3rd Sunday 3:30 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor Come share in Holy Communion on 1st Sunday at 4:50 P.m.

Pastor and Mrs. Coad
Southwest Campus
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Arts4Jax Seeking Creative rl_ _

Students for Summer Camp

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School's Out But Your

Student Questions Are In

Arts4Jax (formerly Jacksonville
School of Music), a community arts
school run by Deborah McDuffie,
has received a grant from the
Jaguars Foundation that will fund a
summer arts camp as well as after
school arts programs during the
school year.
The summer camp will operate for
five one-week sessions this sum-
mer, beginning June 25 and ending
August 3. There will be no camp
the week of July 2. Campers may
attend all classes or one specific
arts discipline.
Summer classes will be offered in
Beginning and Advanced Musical

Theatre, Beginning, Intermediate
and Advanced Dance (Hip-Hop,
Jazz, African and Modem), Drama,
Beginning and Advanced Choral
Music, Puppetry, Cooking, Spoken
Word and 3R's (Reading, Writing
and Arithmetic). Photography,
instrumental music and visual arts
classes are scheduled for the fall
and spring terms.
The camp will be located inside
the Unity Church, 634 Lomax
Street in Riverside.
For rates and more information,
please call 904-504-2763.
Scholarships are available for those
who qualify.

Faith Based Marketing is Backbone

of Tyler Perry's New TV Show

Tyler Perry's House of Payne is a
half-hour comedy series centered
on the lives of three generations of
an African-American family living
under one roof. The series follows
them as they try to tackle today's
real issues, all in their own unique
and hilarious ways.
Created, directed and produced by
Tyler Perm. the series stars
Allen Payne (Jason's L\ric).
LaVan Davis h The
Gospel Truth) and
Cassi Dav\is
(Daddy's Linle
Girl). Pernr willI
make a guest
appearance in the ~L
premiere episode
as his no\-leg-
endary alter ego.
announced th l
launch of an
aggressive mar- ,
keting camp
to kick-off the
new series. When Tyler
Perry's House of Payne airs this
summer on TBS, it will be support-
ed by a multi-tiered marketing cam-
paign designed to draw African-
American viewers to the multi-gen-
erational comedy series. The cam-
paign will-include airing spots on
sister statioit,'TNT during pre-game

and half-time commercial breaks of
the NBA All-Star Game.
The network also launched a
weekly faith-based email cam-
paign, which was sent to participat-
ing ministers and their congrega-
tions. Other initiatives include
sponsoring the Essence Music
Festival, radio
spots. contests
and a grass-
roots cani-
pa ign.


OF PAYNE premieres on TBS with
back-to-back episodes Wednesday,
June 6, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). Episodes
will be available through broad-
band via www.tbs.com, as well as
through VOD following their pre-

Why didn't my child get his
report card on the last day of
The Florida Department of
Education delayed the release of the
results of student performances on
the Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test (FCAT), prohibit-
ing the district from distributing
report cards with complete informa-
tion including promotion status -
to students in grades 4 and 5. The
FCAT is a state standardized test
that was administered to your child
in the spring that determines his or
her promotion to the next grade
level. Report cards have been final-
ized and mailed to the address list-
ed on your child's records. If you
have failed to receive your child's
report card, please make sure that
the school has your current mailing
Will Duval County be offering
summer school?
Like many school districts
throughout the nation, Duval
County P-iblic Schools no longer
offers traditional summer school

sessions, but instead provides an
Extended School Year opportunity
to eligible first- through 12th-grade
students who need intensive
instruction in reading or course
recovery. The 2007 Extended
School Year session will run from
June 18 to July 18 at various school
sites throughout the district. If you
believe your child may be eligible
for the Summer Extended School
Year Program, and is not notified
by letter by June 11, please contact
your child's school to request con-
Listed below are the eligibility
- Is in grade 1 or 2 and scored in the
"intensive" range on the Dynamic
Indicators of Basic Early Literacy
Skills (DIBELS) test. These stu-
dents may attend this free Summer
Reading School for remediation
only; they are not eligible for pro-
motion based on attendance.
Is in grade 3 and scored a Level
1 (offered for Level 2 students if
seats are available) students on the
reading portion of the Florida

Comprehensive Assessment Test
(FCAT). These students may attend
this free Summer Reading School
for and are eligible for promotion
based on their satisfactory perform-
ance on SAT 10 and/or an individual
student portfolio.*
Is in grade 4 or 5, scored a Level
1 on the FCAT reading test, and was
retained solely because of the
FCAT score. These students may
attend this free Summer Reading
School for and are eligible for pro-
motion based on their satisfactory
performance on SAT10 and/or an
individual student portfolio.*
- Is in grade 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and
12, and scored a Level 1 on the
reading FCAT. These students may
attend an Extended School Year
Summer Program of Fast
ForWord/Impact (reading enrich-
ment program only) and are not eli-
gible for promotion. Registration
for this program is based on a first
come, first served basis. 960 seats
are available.**
- Is in grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12,
and needs to retake a course failed
during the school year. These stu-
dents may attend a web-based
Course/Credit Recovery Online
Program via Educational Options.

Registration, mid-term and final
exam must be done at a designated
site. Coursework may be done
wherever internet access is avail-
able (students have the option of
working daily at district designated
school sites). The fee for the online
course recovery is $140.00 per stu-
dent. This fee will be waived for
students who qualify for free or
reduced lunch. Registration for this
program is based on a first come,
first served basis. 720 seats are
*Students in grades 3-5 who attend
in order to be eligible for promotion
may not miss more than three days
of classes and must past the SAT/10
test at the end of the session.
Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 also
have the option of successfully
completing a reading portfolio.
Transportation will only be provid-
ed for ESOL, ESE, and Elementary
students who live more than 1.5
miles from the cluster school site
serving their home schools.
Submit your School Talk questions by
email to schooltalk@dreamsbegin-
here.org, by fax at 390-2659, or by
mail to Duval County Public Schools,
Communications Office, 1701
Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, FL

National Baptist Congress to Health Screen 45K at Confab

Black Leadership Paying Attention and waking up to Community's Health Disparities

As health dis-
parities contin-
ue to plague
minority com-
N n munities,
Black leader-
ship is now

The National Baptist Congress of
Christian Education will host its
third annual health fair during theo
National Baptist Congress
Convention in St. Louis June 18-22.
This is the first time that the
National Baptist Convention will
offer full medical screenings for the,

over 45,000 national delegates
attending the conference.
Former Jacksonville pastor Dr.
R.B. Holmes Jr., president of the
National Baptist Congress, has
issued a collective call to action for
Baptist ministers to mobilize efforts
and increase health and HIV/AIDS
awareness within their respective
"The Congress is the teaching arm
of the National Baptist Convention,
USA, Inc.," said Dr. Holmes.
"Each year for the past 102 years,
we have brought together thousands
of Christian educators and workers
to teach them techniques and meth-
ods to improve their respective
ministries in local churches.
However, their ministries will not

reap the full benefit of their training
if they are not physically fit or their
life is cut short because of poor
health. We are striving to develop
skilled Christian workers and
healthy ones as well."
HIV/AIDS will be a major focus
of the conference, beginning with
the first-ever National Baptist
Congress AIDS Awareness
Conference on June 16 and ending
with the Role Model Awards Dinner
on June 21.
According to Washington
University in St. Louis, the Centers
for Disease Control's (CDC) last
report (2004) ranked St. Louis the
24th worst area in the nation for
HIV rates. That amounts to 217
newly reported cases that yearand

nearly 7,000 people living with
HIV/AIDS today.
African-Americans, who comprise
20 percent of the population, make
up 50 percent of the HIV cases in
St. Louis. About 65 percent of St.
Louis women with HIV are black,
and gay men account for over 70
percent of all cases of HIV/AIDS in
the St. Louis area, split almost
evenly between whites and African
At the health fair, free health
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Speakers for the Boys 2 Men event include (L-R) acclaimed psychologist Dr. Na'im Akbar, Jacksonville's
first African-American Sheriff Nat Glover and Bro. Charlie McClendon among others.

2007 Boys 2 Men Events Will

Highlight Father's Day Weekend
The 2007 Boys 2 Men Health gymnasium at 2:00 p.m. must do our part to assure their
Symposium/Hip Hop Summit and The Boys 2 Men 2007 two-day livelihood, health and safety," said
Community Basketball Game event will seek to galvanize boys Jacksonville City Councilwoman
promises to be a huge success with and men for learning, empower- and the Honorary Chair for this
over 20 local organizations com- ment and fun. During the health year's Boys 2 Men, the Honorable
emitting their attendance and partici- symposium and hip hop summit Glorious Johnson. "Improving the
pation and nearly 300 registered information will be provided that state of Jacksonville's men starts
boys and men. The event will be addresses barriers that impede teen with educating and improving the
held during Father's Day weekend males as they transition into man- potential outcomes of the boys in
commencing Friday, June 15 with a hood. This information is vital to a our community, this is what Boys 2
Health Symposium/Hip Hop young man's potential of becoming Men is all about."
Summit and Men's Workshop from a productive, thriving adult. Boys 2 Workshop speakers include: Jarik
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The sympo- Men is also designed to increase the Conrad, Exec. Dir., Blueprint for
sium will feature noted author and awareness of cultural, social and Prosperity; Denise Stokes,
national speaker Denise Stokes, environmental issues that affect the Motivational Speaker; Ivan Juzang,
along with local facilitators, at the health status of urban males. This founder of MEE Productions, Inc.;
Jacksonville Downtown Public year's theme is: "The World Dr. Na'im Akbar, Author and noted
Library. On Saturday, June 16 the Through My Eyes: Breaking the speaker; Betty Burney, Author and
Boys 2 Men Health Symposium Silence...Bridging the Gaps." Duval County School Board mem-
will continue at Edward Waters "It is imperative that every leader ber; Al Emerick, Brother Charlie
Gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in our community embrace and sup- McClendon, Reginald Estell, Jr.,
featuring noted speaker and author port this event with time and Esquire, Nat Glover and others.
Dr. Na'im Akbar. The symposium resources. Any one of the boys who For more information, call
will be followed by the Community might attend could very well be our Healthy Jacksonville: Healthy Men
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Why You Should Tell a Black Woman the Truth

by Dr. Joseph Williams
Brothers, how many of you out
there have a secret you're keeping
form your woman? Have you cheat-
ed on her? Have you given her a
false promise of commitment? Do
you feel the need to come clean?
Many men out there are keeping
secrets from their women for many
different reasons. The number one
reason why men harbor secrets is
fear; fear of repercussions and fear

of hurting their woman. This fear
has the ability to manifest itself in
many forms.
When men keep secrets from
their women, their actions usually
differ from the norm, which gives
their women a feeling that some-

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thing is wrong. In this situation, as
the natural nurtures that they are,
women's first urge is to find out
what's wrong in order to try and fix
it. Afraid that their woman will find
out their secret, men usually with-
draw even further when they are
asked "What's wrong?" After
awhile of consistent questioning,
men usually lash out in anger due to
frustration, which can eventually
lead to conflicts and arguments.
When a man harbor secrets, such
as affairs, issues of trust usually
arise. They start to wonder if their
woman is also guilty of infidelities.
They may become extremely jeal-
ous and begin to question their part-
ner's whereabouts or the friend-
ships they maintain with the oppo-
site sex.
If you're in an established rela-
tionship and have decided to move
on, or if you've dropped the ball
somewhere along the line and truly
want to atone for your actions, you
should be truthful as soon as possi-
ble, says TV personality lyanla
Vanzant, founder of Inner Visions
Spiritual Life Maintenance Center
and Bookstore in Silver Spring,
Md., and author of Until Today.

Health Summits and
Community Basketball Game

Guest speakers include:
Dr. Na'im Akbar, Author.
Professor and Motivational Speaker
Denise Stokes, AIDS Activist and Motivational Speake
Dr. Jarik Conrad. Blueprint for Prosperity
Ivan Juzang, MEE Productions, Inc.
Gerald Jones, Author and Motivational Speaker
SDr. John Montgomery
Reginald Estell, Jr. Esq.
S Pastor Charlie McClendon
Nat Glover
Ronnie Cage
Betty Burney. Author and
Duval County School Board member
Al Emerick
Al Pete and Cuban
Dr. Larry Richardson
Community Basketball Game
player representatives include:
ame Jacksonville Children's Commission
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
Duval County Health Department
Jacksonville Sheriffs Office
City of Jacksonville
Northeast Florida Builders Association
Apprenticeship Program
First Baptist Church of Oakland
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department
100 Black Men of Jacksonville
Community Rehabilitation Center
Shands Jacksonville
Jacksonville Urban League
Youth In Action
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"A woman can handle almost
anything if you tell her the truth
about it," she says. "But if you lie to
her, you will undermine her faith in
herself, and ultimately her trust in
you. Tell her the truth. Let her work
it out. You can damage love and
love will repair; but once you dam-
age trust, you've got a rough road to
You should sit down with her and
talk. Be honest. If you have cheated
on her, tell her and let her know that
it has been eating you up inside.
Tell her that you felt the need to
come clean because you want to put
this all behind you and move for-
ward. Even though these words
sound good, be prepared because it
is not gonna make her feel good ini-
tially. She is going to be upset and
emotional at first. She may be
angry. If she gets so upset that she
requests that you leave her pres-
ence, leave. She may need time to
settle down and think clearly. Give
her space, but don't abandon her
If your relationship persists after
this atonement, understand that it
will take a while before you can
regain trust. You may need counsel-
ing to resolve any remaining issues.
Most women want honesty, even
if it hurts. Remember honesty is the
foundation of a good relationship.
A lie needs support, but the truth
stands alone.

Nursing Home Atrocities on

the Rise Across the Country

by Marion Jefferson
In nursing home residential facil-
ities, incidents of patient neglect
and abuse are on the rise. There are
also reports of problems with fund-
ing and staffing which, taken
together, show that there is a defi-
nite correlation between problems
with staffing, the need for increased
liability and more frequent occur-
rences of neglect and abuse. As a
result of increased reports of abuse
and neglect, lawsuits are steadily
Thirty-six states have passed "bill
of rights" legislation. And with
respect to nursing homes, thirty-one
states now allow for bringing law
suits for violation of a patient's
right. Texas was the first state to
pass a patients bill of rights in 1997,
giving patients the right to sue man-
aged care plans in courts if denied
medically necessary care.
While abuse is often thought to
be physical in nature, abuse in nurs-
ing homes can occur in many dif-
ferent forms. Abuse can be improp-
er or inappropriate use of restraints,
failure to feed or give water, failure
to bathe, improper care resulting in
pressure sores or allowing a patient
to lie too long in a soiled diaper or
bed linen. These are called activi-
ties of daily living and most nursing
home residents need assistance with
these at some point in their stay.
According to Thomas Day,
Director of the National Care
Planning Council, for every 100
elderly patients in a nursing home
in a given year, 38 will recover or
stabilize so they can be discharged.
But they will be replaced by 38 new
patients needing care. 90 percent of
these patients are age 65 years of
age or older and need help from
nurses, doctors, physical and psy-
chological therapist and other spe-

cialist and direct care workers to
ensure patient stability of health
(mind, body and soul).
Sadly, many of these patients will
never recover to the point where
either they or their loved one will
be able to care for them. And still
for other patients, there is no one to
care for or advocate for them but
employees of the residential nurs-
ing home facility.
Ultimately, patients who do not
discharge home will either die
in a nursing care facility or
be discharged to a hospital
where they will die.
Prior to 1997, nursing
home facilities could
count on full reimburse-
ment for services ren-
dered to patients. Since
that time, Medicaid will ~E-,
usually cover 50 percent
while Medicare covers
approximately 12 percent of
the daily cost of a residential
stay. Most states make up the
difference for dual eligible patients
(those covered both by Medicaid
and Medicare) but in Texas, those
who deliver nursing home services
to the elderly receive less in reim-
bursement per resident and often
pay more in liability insurance per
patient (Rates have increased in
some cases 1000 percent and might
cost as much as $6,000 per bed per
year.) If a patient's Medicaid and
Medicare coverage does not cover
the entirety of their stay, patients
will have to pay out of pocket using
personal assets (homes, life sav-
ings, jewelry etc.) and sometimes
relatives and other family have to
help sustain their loved ones by
using their own monetary
According to a review of nursing
home practices, Thomas Day states

that if a nursing home is losing
money, it may make up the differ-
ence in charging nursing home res-
idents higher daily rates. Another
method used to make up the differ-
ence is cutting back on direct care
workers, which include specialists,
nurses and other workers. This can

Ve all
want to think our loved one is
being cared for in a well staff, edu-
cated, loving facility.

devastating effects on nursing home
staff and the patient's family, but
more importantly, on the patient
who may be forced to endure
extreme incidences of humiliation,
isolation, loneliness, helplessness,
hopelessness and despair as a
Before you check your loved one
into a nursing facility, be sure you
do an impromptu check of residents
and ask plenty of questions. If you
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The Compromise of Culture: Students Lose Diplomas Over Graduation Cheers

"We loud. that's just how we do
it." Bernie Mac
Bernie Mac said it best when
describing African-American cul-
ture in the Kings of Comedy movie.
Now, that same cultural expression
will be costing Galesburg Ill. stu-
dents their diplomas.
Caisha Gayles graduated with
honors last month, but she is still
waiting for her diploma. The rea-
son: the whoops of joy from the
audience as she crossed the stage.
In graduation ceremonies across the
country especially with Black grad-
uates, the cheers are commonplace
and often with increasing contro-
Gayles was one of five students
denied diplomas from the lone pub-
lic high school in Galesburg after
enthusiastic friends or family mem-
bers cheered for them during com-
In Galesburg, the issue has taken
on added controversy with accusa-
tions that the students were targeted
because of their race: four are black
and one is Hispanic. Parents say
cheers also erupted for white stu-
dents, and none of them were
denied a diploma.
About a month before the May 27
ceremony, Galesburg High students
and their parents had to sign a con-
tract promising to act in dignified
way. Violators were warned they
could be denied their diplomas and
barred from the after-graduation
Is this Race Related?
Many schools across the country
ask spectators to hold applause and
cheers until the end of graduation.
But few of them enforce the policy
with what some in Galesburg say
are strong-arm tactics.
"It was like one of the worst days
of my life," said Gayles, who had a
3.4 grade-point average and offi-
cially graduated, but does not have
the keepsake diploma to hang on
her wall. "You walk across the stage
and then you can't get your diploma
because of other people cheering
for you. It was devastating.."

School officials in Galesburg, a
working-class town of 34,000 that
is still reeling from the 2004 shut-
down of a 1,600-employee refriger-
ator factory, said the get-tough pol-
icy followed a 2005 commence-
ment where hoots, hollers and even
air horns drowned out much of the
ceremony and nearly touched off
fights in the audience when the
unruly were asked to quiet down.
In Indianapolis, public school
officials this year started kicking
out parents and relatives who cheer.
At one school, the superintendent
interrupted last month's graduation
to order police to remove a woman
from the gymnasium.
In Galesburg, the issue has taken

on added controversy with accusa-
tions that the students were targeted
because of their race: four are black
and one is Hispanic. Parents say
cheers also erupted for white stu-
dents, and none of them was denied
a diploma.
Principal Tom Chiles said admin-
istrators who monitored the more
than 2,000-seat auditorium reported
only disruptions they considered
"significant," and all turned in the
same five names.
"Race had absolutely nothing to
do with it whatsoever," Chiles said.
"It is the amount of disruption at the
time of the incident."
School officials said they will
hear students and parents out if they

Morehouse Breaks Ground on Ray

Charles Performing Arts Center

(L-R) left to right, Morehouse President Dr. Walter E. Massey, long-
time Charles manager, Joe Adams, and music legend, Quincy Jones.
Morehouse College recently held a groundbreaking for the $20 million
Ray Charles Performing Arts Center, which is the centerpiece of a larger
complex, the Morehouse College Center for the Arts.
A previous Los Angeles fundraiser for the Center was co-chaired by for-
mer President Clinton and Morehouse alumnus Spike Lee, music moguls,
Quincy Jones and Clarence Avant, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington,
and featured performances by Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, James
Ingram,Brian McKnight, Billy Preston, Travis Tritt, and Patti Austin.
Charles' relationship with Morehouse began a decade ago when he was
invited to Atlanta to perform with the College's jazz ensemble. Bill Cosby
opened that performance and a special relationship between Morehouse,
Cosby and Charles was born.

appeal. Meanwhile, the school said
the five students can still get their
diplomas by completing eight hours
of public service work, answering
phones, sorting books or doing
other chores for the district.
Gayles' mother said she plans to
fight the school board in court if
necessary to get her daughter's
diploma. The noise "was like three
seconds. It was like, 'Yay,' and that
was it," Carolyn Gayles said.
American Civil Liberties Union
spokesman Edward Yohnka said
Galesburg's policy raises no red
flags as long as it is enforced equi-
tably. "It's probably well within the
school's ability to control the deco-
rum at an event like this," he said.
Another student who was denied
her diploma, Nadia Trent, said she
will probably let the school keep it
if her appeals fail.
"It's not fair. Somebody could not
like me and just decide to yell to get
me in trouble. I can't control every-
one, just the ones I gave tickets to,"

Caisha Gayles smiles. She graduated with honors, and four other stu-
dents crossed the stage during commencement but were denied diplo-
mas later after enthusiastic friends or family members cheered for
them during commencement. That violated a contract promising they
would behave with dignity or lose their keepsake diploma.

Trent said.
According to the Duval County
School Board, at every graduation
there is a request/plea that every-
one refrain from any type of noise-
making so that all graduates' names

can be heard.
In addition, principals hold senior
parent nights, mail graduation
expectations to parents, etc. to pre-
vent and discourage disruptions.

Proposal Number: 07-16-45133

for the

Proposals will be received by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) until 2:00 PM (Local Time), on July
2, 2007, at which time they will be opened at the JAA Administration Building, 2nd Floor, 14201 Pecan Park
Road, Jacksonville, FL, for selecting a company to provide Landscape Services, Area #2 at Jacksonville
International Airport (KIA). the area boundaries are outlines in the Request For Proposal #07-16-45133.

This project has been deemed a JAA Small Business Enterprise (SBE) project. The City of Jacksonville
certified Small Emerging Businesses (JSEB) may also participate as Proposers for the project. Only cer-
tified firms may submit a proposal on this project.

A MANDATORY Pre-Proposal Conference will be held at 10:00 A.M. (Local Time), June 20, 2007 at the
JAA Administration Building, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 2nd Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32218. FL 32221. All
potential Proposers' MUST attend this meeting as a prerequisite to the submittal of a Proposal.

All Proposals must be submitted in accordance with Request For Proposal Number 07-17-45133, which may
be obtained after 8:30 AM (Local Time) on June 6, 2007 from:

Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Procurement Department
14201 Pecan Park Road, 2nd Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 741-2355



Invitation To Bid (ITB)

For an

June 8, 2007

Sealed bids will be received by Duval County Public Schools, Division of Facilities, Room 535, 1701
Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, Fl 32207 until the time and date(s) recorded below and immediately
thereafter publicly opened and recorded in the Duval County Public Schools, School Board Building,
located at 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, Florida, 5th Floor, Room 513D.




All Asbestos Abatement Contractors that are interested in bidding are required to attend a mandatory pre-bid
conference to be held on June 28, 2007; 2:00 p.m., Conference Room 541, 1701 Prudential Drive.
Failure to attend the pre-bid conference shall result in disqualification of that firm's proposal. Attendees will
be required to sign an attendance register.

All bidders and subcontractors shall be licensed Contractors and registered corporations as required by the
laws of the State of Florida.

Contract documents for bidding may be obtained for a refundable fee of $50.00 at the office of:

MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc.
3901 Carmichael Ave.
Jacksonville, Florida 32207

DCSB Point of Contact: Bruce Ackerman, 390-2531

Contract documents for bidding may be examined at Duval County Public Schools, Facilities Services
Department, Room 518, 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32207.

MBE Participation Goal: 10% Overall

The Duval County Public Schools has begun prequalifying all contractors who intend to submit bids for all
construction projects exceeding $200,000 and electrical projects exceeding $50,000. Effective May 31,
2003, all Contractors submitting bids must be prequalified with Duval County Public Schools. No bids will
be accepted from Contractors who are not prequalified with Duval County Public Schools.

Prequalification forms and information may be obtained by contacting: Richard Beaudoin or Ronald A.
Fagan at 1701 Prudential Dr., Jacksonville, FL. 32207; Ph. 904-390-2358 or 904-390-2922, Fax: 904-390-
2265, Email: beaudoinr(@educationcentral.org or Faganr@educationcentral.org.

The Bid Award Recommendation will be posted on the first floor bulletin board at the Duval County School
Board Building, 1701 Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32207-8182.

Proposal Number: 07-16-45133

for the

Proposals will be received by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) until 3:00 PM (Local Time), on July
2, 2007, at which time they will be opened at the JAA Administration Building, 2nd Floor, 14201 Pecan Park
Road, Jacksonville, FL, for selecting a company to provide Landscape Services, Area #1 at Jacksonville
International Airport (KIA). the area boundaries are outlines in the Request For Proposal #07-16-45133.

This project has been deemed a JAA Small Business Enterprise (SBE) project. The City of Jacksonville
certified Small Emerging Businesses (JSEB) may also participate as Proposers for the project. Only cer-
tified firms may submit a proposal on this project.

A MANDATORY Pre-Proposal Conference will be held at 2:00 PM (Local Time), June 20, 2007 at the JAA
Administration Building, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 2nd Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32218. FL 32221. All potential
Proposers' MUST attend this meeting as a prerequisite to the submittal of a Proposal.

All Proposals must be submitted in accordance with Request For Proposal Number 07-16-45133, which may
be obtained after 8:30 AM (Local Time) on June 6, 2007 from:

Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Procurement Department
14201 Pecan Park Road, 2nd Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 741-2355

Proposal Number: 07-21-45523


for the

Proposals will be received by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) until 3:00 PM (Local Time), on June
28, 2007, at which time they will be opened at the JAA Administration Building, 2nd Floor, 14201 Pecan Park
Road, Jacksonville, FL, for painting of steel support sign frames.

This project has been deemed a JAA Small Business Enterprise (SBE) project. The City of Jacksonville
certified Small Emerging Businesses (JSEB) may also participate as Proposers for the project. Only cer-
tified firms may submit a proposal on this project.

A MANDATORY Pre-Proposal Conference will be held at 10:00 AM (Local Time), June 19, 2007 at the JAA
Administration Building, 14201 Pecan Park Road, 2nd Floor, Jacksonville, FL 32218. FL 32221. All potential
Proposers' MUST attend this meeting as a prerequisite to the submittal of a Proposal.

All Proposals must be submitted in accordance with Request For Proposal Number 07-21-45523, which may
be obtained after 8:30 AM (Local Time) on June 6, 2007 from:

Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Procurement Department
14201 Pecan Park Road, 2nd Floor
Jacksonville, FL 32218
(904) 741-2355

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James Weldon Johnson
Arts & Culture Festival
Experience the rich heritage and
culture of Jacksonville at the James
Weldon Johnson Arts & Culture
Festival, June 7-9th, at FCCJ
North Campus 4501 Capper Rd.
This years theme will be: "James
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Education as a way of Life."
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On Friday, June 8th, at 7:30 PM-
12:00 AM the Morocco Shrine
Events Center contenders for the
WBF Heavyweight Title Fight will
be the New York State Champ,
Derrick Rossy (15-1) and his oppo-
nent, WBE, WBC contender, Ron
Bellamy (16-2). Two local, unde-
feated fighters Chris Vendola and
Marcus Upshaw will be on the card
along with Vendola's opponent
David Saulesberry and the unde-
feated Female Fighter, Chika
Namura (5-0)!

Cinema Night
for Adult Literacy
Learn to Read will host
Jacksonville's Third Annual
"Alphabet Affair" on Friday, June
8th, at the Haskell Company (111
Riverside Avenue). The Cinema is
presented by NELNET, Inc. and
promises to be fun and exciting for
the after work crowd, all to support
adult literacy. Come dressed as
your favorite cinema celebrity and
win the costume contest. Event
highlights include food, a silent
auction, live music games and
more. For more info call 399-8894
or h.corey@LTRJAX.org.

Black State Legislators
Golf Tournament
The Florida Conference of Black
State Legislators Foundation will
hold their annual "Scholarship Golf
Tournament" on June 8th begin-
ning with a 7:00am Registration
and Noon Awards Luncheon. The
tournament will be at the Westin
Diplomat in Hallandale Beach,
Florida. For more information, call
(850) 224-093.

Langston Hughes
Subject of Poets Talk
The public is invited to join the
Jacksonville Public Library during
their continuing series of discus-
sions on great poets. The next talk
will be on Tuesday, June 12th at 6
p.m. where the topic will be
Ethelbert Miller on Langston
Hughes. Admission is free and will
be followed by a reception. For
more information call 630-2665.

Project M.A.L.E.
On June 9th, Project M.A.L.E.
(Men Advocating and Leading by
Example). Past Conferences have
helped hundreds of men in
Jacksonville to become more effec-
tive fathers to their children. This
year there will also be a Youth
Track: "Today's Tools for
Tomorrow's Success." For more
details contact Daniel Murphy
(904) 899-6300.

FAMU Alumni Meeting
The Jacksonville Chapter of the
FAMU Alumni Association will
host it monthly meeting June 9th,
at Ribault High School Band Room
at 10:00 AM. For more information
please call (904) 910-7829.

Stage Aurora
Holding Auditions
Attention stepper, singers, and
actors 20 years old and older! On
Saturday, June 9th from 3:00-
7:00 PM and Sunday, JunelOth,
from 1:00-5:00 PM Stage Aurora is
holding auditions for "Frat House"
at the Jacksonville Centre of the
Arts 2049 N. Pearl Street. Frat
House will be performed at the
Florida Theatre on August 17-18.
For more info call (904) 765-7372.

Nelson Mandela
University Choir
Come experience the Nelson
Mandela Metroplitan University
Choirm, South Africa's first multi-
cultural university choir with over
40 members in a free concert on
Monday June 11 at 7:30 p.m.The
concert will be held at theFCCJ
North Campus in the Ezekiel
Bryant Auditorium, 4501 Capper
Road. For information on the FCCJ
performance call 766-6576.

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Free Seminar
Features Strategies
for Managing Money
A free seminar titled "Effective
Strategies for Personal Money
Management" is set for Tuesday,
June 12, 6:30 p.m., at the
University Park Branch Library,
3435 University Blvd. N.
Participants will set SMART goals,
benchmark their credit use, and find
way to stop money leaks. For more
information, call 387-8850.

Screening of
"Cocaine Angel"
The Museum of Contemporary Art
(MOCA), located 333 N. Laura
Street will have a special showing
of the film "Cocaine Angel" direct-
ed by Michael Tully and Damian
Lahey (local talent) on Wednesday,
June 13th at 7:00 PM. The film
depicts a week in the life of a weary
young drug addict.

Na'im Akbar Keynotes
Men's Symposium
Saturday, June 16th, from 8:00
AM- 1:00 PM there will be a Men's
Health Symposium held at Edward
Waters College Gymnasium. The
keynote speaker will be Dr. Na'im
Akbar. For more information call
Anthony Grissett, Program
Coordinator Healthy Jacksonville
(904) 665-2276.

Gamma Rho Omega
Chapter AKA Sorority,
Inc. Celebrates 65 Years
The Gamma Rho Omega Chapter
of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
is celebrating 65 years of
"Extraordinary Service with
Purpose" on Saturday, June 16th,
at the Hyatt Riverfront Hotel in
Downtown Jacksonville, from
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For ticket

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State of the
RACE Conference
There will be a Leadership
Conference discussion on the criti-
cal issues that most affect the Race
of African Americans in
Jacksonville, FL and throughout.
Some of the city's most powerful
leaders/thinkers in the community
to share in an in-depth discussion
on Critical health issues, economy,
culture, race, and more. It will be
held on Saturday, June 16th from
1-5p.m. at the Willow Branch
Library. For details, call Diallo
Sekou 904-327-6411.

Genealogial Society
The Jacksonville Genealogial
Society will hold their monthly
meeting Saturday, June 16,2007, at
1:30 p.m., at the Webb-Wesconnett
Library, 6887 103rd street,
Jacksonville, Fl. We are delighted
to have as our guest speaker,
Melody K. Porter, a computer soft-
ware business analyst and genealo-
gy researcher for 15 years. She will
be presenting information on
research sites in Georgia and else-
where. For additional information
please contact Mary Chauncey at
(904) 781-9300.

Preparing for Heat
and Hurricanes Class
Staffers from the Duval County
Extension Service will be offering a
free workshop on Landscape
Readiness for Heat and Hurricanes.
The class will be held on Tuesday,
June 19, 2007 from 5:30 7:30PM
at the University Park Library, 3435
University Blvd. Participants will
learn how to identify landscape
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trees for hurricanes. Each person
may bring one problem sample for
diagnosis. Call 904-387-8850 to

Learn to Make Home
Made Blueberry Jam
The Jacksonville Canning Center
will be holding a canning class on
Blueberry Jam on Thursday June
21st and again on Friday June 22nd.
The cost is $20.00 per person and
includes all materials. Each partic-
ipant will take home two, /2 pint
jars, of Blueberry Jam to enjoy and
share. The deadline for registration
is Friday June 15th. To register or
for additional information please
phone Fred Heim at 387-8860.
Class size is limited.

JCCI Summer Social
On June 21st from 5:30 7 p.m.,
the public is invited to join JCCI at
River City Brewing Company on
the St Johns River for their Summer
Social. Time to network, meet the
new Executive Committee, cele-
brate volunteers and the release of
their two issue forums Out in
Jacksonville: GLBT Community
and Hidden Crisis: Youth Suicide.
Pick up your copy. The social is
open to all. Please RSVP to Sandra
at 396- 3052 or sandra@jcci.org

John Witherspoon
at the Comedy Zone
You'll probably remember this
comedian best as Craig's dad in the
hit movie Friday, Next Friday and
Friday After Next, or as Pops on the
long running sitcom "The Wayans
Brothers" John Witherspoon really
knows how to bring on the laughs,
and he'll be performing June 21st-
24th at the Comedy Zone, located
in the Ramada Inn in Mandarin.
For more information call (904)

Plus-Sized Fashion
Show at the Ritz
Sunday, June 24th at 6:00 PM
Dangerous Curves Jacksonville will
present the 3rd annual charity fash-
ion show and celebration "The Total

Woman Show 2007. The show will
be hosted by Lynda Moultry, author
of "Life Tips 101 Plus- Size
Women's Clothing Tips" and held at
the Ritz Theatre & LaVilla Museum
832 N. Davis Street.

Water Drip Irrigation/
Design & Installation
Staffers at the Duval County
Extension office will present a
workshop on drip irrigation with
hands-on activities. Put the water
where it needs to go and your plants
will love you. Learn the easy steps
to design and install your own land-
scape drip irrigation system. Cost
$5.00. The class will be on
Thursday, June 28th from 10 a.m. -
1 p.m. at the Duval County
Extension Service located at 1010
N. McDuffAve. Seating is limited.
Call to 387-8850 to register.

Terry Parker Class
of 77' Reunion
The 30 year reunion for Terry
Parker High School will be held on
June 30th at the FOP Lodge on
Sawgrass Rd. Check in begins at
6:00p.m. for an evening with for-
mer classmates, a DJ and live enter-
tainment. There will also be an
informal social at the Hampton Inn
on Friday night at 7:00 PM in their
Hospitality Rm. For details contact
Anita DuPont Kelly at (904) 273-
2933 or Cindy Poland Pittman at
(904) 821-0887.

Billie to Badu
Musical Experience
On Saturday, June 30, in celebra-
tion of June "Black Music Month",
Nokturnal Escape Entertainment,
LLC and the Karpeles Manuscript
Museum presents Billie to Badu, an
artistic kollage of music, poetry,
dance and visual artists expressing
the lives of two talented singer song
writers, Erykah Badu and Billie
Holiday. Doors will open at 8p.m.
The Karpeles Manuscript Museum
is located at 101 West 1st. in
Springfield. Light refreshments will
be served. For more information,
call (904) 626-2812.
or info@nokturnalescape.com

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The marriage of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
and his wife of 10 years, Dany Garcia Johnson, is
coming to an end.
The former pro-wrestler, 35, announced their
separation in a statement to People Magazine last
"We've been fortunate enough to spend the last
17 years together as a couple and look forward to
spending the rest our lives together as best friends
and business partners," the statement said.
Garcia Johnson currently serves as the CEO of a wealth management
firm. The pair has a 5-year-old daughter, Simone Alexander.
Usher is reportedly calling around to prominent radio jocks and request-
ing that they stop making fun of his fiance, Tameka Foster, and her
rumored feud with his mother, reports the New York Daily News.
Once word got out that Usher fired his mom as his manager on Mother's
Day to boot folks began speculating that Foster had masterminded the
whole thing. Syndicated radio host Tom Joyner says Usher recently called
him off-air and threatened to "whup my a**" for poking fun at the situa-
tion, says Daily News columnists Rush & Malloy.
Apparently, Usher was particularly upset when gossip writer Jawn
Murray said to Joyner during a broadcast: "I wonder if he's going to put a
pink slip in her Mother's Day card?"
Kelis and Gabrielle Union are among the bevy of famous women who
disrobed for art photographer Marc Baptiste in his new book, "Nudes".
A 2007 update will be given to a 1939 film about the
most viciously catty group of wealthy Caucasian char-
acters ever to hit the big screen.
George Cukor's "The Women," starring such screen
legends as Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell and Joan
Fontaine, will be remade with a multi-cultural cast that
includes Jada Pinkett Smith, Annette Bening, Eva
Mendes, Meg Ryan, Debra Messing and Candice
In the original 1939 film set in the world of rich Manhattan socialites, a
snobby housewife brags about her loyal husband to her friends at the
department store nail salon, only to find out through salon gossip that he's
cheating on her with the clerk at the perfume counter.

Serena Finds Love Superstar tennis player Serena Williams has found
love with actor Jackie Long who played in the movie ATL as the country
club working Ivly League student. Esquire. He was also in "Idlewild."

Aretha and Fiancee Meet with Jennifer Hudson on Film Role Aretha
Franklin recently met with Jennifer Hudson for high tea in New York City
to discuss the possibility of the
Academy Award winning actress
and vocalist portraying the musi-
cal living legend in a film produc-
tion based on the New York
Times best-selling autobiography,
Aretha Franklin: From These
Roots. Joining the ladies at high
tea is Aretha new fiancee, Will

Kimora's New Man Likes Kids The former wife of Russell Simmons is
now dating Academy Award winning actor Djimon Hiunsou (Blood
Diamond, Amistad) and it looks like he'll make a great step dad.

Keenan has a real "White Chick" Though his brothers had another
comedic hit with their movie "White Chicks", director Keenan Ivory
Wayans didn't mind dating the help (she was also in the film). He is cur-
rently dating actress Brittany Daniel. The long-time television and movie
producer's new love stars weekly on the CW football show, "The Game."

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the Free Press Files

Over the past twenty years, many people, places and events have graced the Free
Press pages. Join us as we glimpse back at some of the events that helped shape our
newspaper into the publication that it is today.

Jacksonville business and civic leader Dr. Chester Aikens talks shop Wendy Hinton, and husband Jerry (right) join hostess Priscilla Fans of American Beach, Mrs. Ernestine Smith and Dr. Carolyn
with Times Union columnist Tonyaa Weathersbea and Marc Kerrin. Williams for her annual Africa and history party. Williams share a moment to pose.
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The Annual Miracle on Ashley Street which recently past, has traditionally been a time for civic and
business leaders in addition to the Clara White Mission's volunteers to fellowship and raise funds. Shown
above at the annual event (in different years) are L-R: Yvette Ridley, Eleanor Gay, Dee Shaw and Gwen
Leapheart, board members the late Rodney Gregory and Ron Baker, Vanessa Boyer and Greg Miller.


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Jay Baker and Dr. Barbara Young enjoy the annual Fla Jax
dance, the oldest Black Tie Gala in the city.

I aShown above are Homer St. Clair, Cleve Warren, Skitch Holland and Gene Coleman. Shown right are Betty Foster, Denise
In 2002, the YMCA's really Caring Campaign raised over $88,000 for the Johnson Coleman, Delando Williams, Javida Jackson and Stacie Cooper at a holiday social in the 80s.
Branch YMCA. Shown above are campaign leaders Atty. Gregory Atwater (Board
Chair), Ken Covington, YMCA Exec. Dir. Pop Alexander and Campaign Chair Dr.-
Zeke Bryant. f li

Flanked by friends and supporters including Sandra Richardson, Rev. Lorenzo
Hall, Pat Lockett Felder and Wilene Dozier, Willye Dennis took her leadership skills
to the next level following several successful terms as NAACP President. Shown above
is everyone gathered on election night after learning Mrs. Dennis would be headed to
the Capital as State Representative.
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Atty.. Willy Walker chats it up with businessman Pi Phi Fraternity were a picture of elegance at their annual Holiday Social.
T.J. Hasty at the Walker Law Offices annual holi- Shown included in the bevy of beauties are Jean Aikens, Lydia Stewart,
day social when their offices were located across Marion Gregory, Pat Mitchell, Pam Payne, Elizabeth Cline and Cristella
the street from the old City Hall. Bryant among others.
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